Archive for August, 2011

Respect the Credential

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Jack Perry said it best, “Americans love credentials.”  But, do multiple credentials make you a better professional? 

Below are tips from Jack Perry’s THE RESPECT FACTOR® to help those on the journey of -maintaining multiple credentials.

Tip 1: Determine which credentials you need.
Pick your desired certification(s). In order to attain the BOC certification, an individual must complete an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and pass the BOC certification exam.

The ATC® credential is a broad-based entry-level credential encompassing prevention, immediate care, evaluation and diagnosis of injuries,  treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of the physically active providing maximum flexibility to match your knowledge and skill to the marketplace.

Tip 2: Make a commitment.
If you don’t use it, you lose it.  The 2006-2011 Recertification Requirements outline the requirements to maintain your BOC certification. The requirements include information about completing the continuing education (CE) requirements, meeting the emergency cardiac care (ECC) requirements, submitting the BOC recertification fee and adhering to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice.

Tip 3: Display your credentials.
Holding the ATC® credential is a privilege, not a right.  Display your certificate/plaque to assure the public you meet minimum competence. Publicize your status as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) by sending a press release to your local newspaper. Email if you wish to request an official press release on BOC letterhead.

Tip 4: Stop making excuses.
What are you doing to promote the professions for which you hold a credential? The BOC has many volunteer opportunities that will help you give back to the AT profession while shaping the future.

After earning a credential, it is imperative to know how to maintain a practicing credential. We know that most credentials are associated with continued education requirements and fees. Not all credentials hold the same recertification requirements, even in the health care arena. It can be challenging and confusing to keep all of the rules and regulations straight.

Many providers of continuing education offer programs to a variety of professionals but may not advertise this. The majority of orthopedic and sports medicine societies are BOC Approved Providers. Check our alphabetical listing of providers to see if you can meet the obligations for more than one credential by making informed choices of continuing education providers. Most importantly, you can Be Certain™ that we at the BOC are here to help you and answer your questions. We stand behind you and your ATC® credential.

Written by: Jessica O'Neel, MS Ed, ATC

Preparing for a New Season

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Summer 2011 is drawing to an end and it is back to school time. How can you prepare as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT)? ATs often serve in a risk management role through annual  emergency action plan reviews and protocol and procedure communication with staff and local emergency medical personnel.  North County area ATs are prepared and ready for the fall season to begin as described in an article written in North County Sports by Boyce Garrison.

Pre-season is a great time for ATs to meet parents of the student-athletes through parent associations or clubs meetings and to build a positive relationship. Keeping open communication regarding health and injury prevention of the student is crucial.

State regulation for ATs is now required in 48 states.  ATs working in these locations must operate under a current registration, certification or license depending on their state practice act.  Be Certain.™ to hold a current state regulation certificate and follow state laws.  Many states have recently passed concussion legislation to protect youth.

The beginning of a new school year is also a good time to review the BOC Standards of Professional Practice and to renew your Athletic Trainers' Professional Liability Insurance (also called Malpractice Insurance) as required under the Code of Professional Responsibility. This can help protect your assets and keep your career in health care successful.

The Many Ways the BOC Shows Love to Stakeholders

Friday, August 5th, 2011

While reading Associations Now Ideas into Action, a publication by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, I came across an article called 33 Simple Ways to Build Member Loyalty (33 Ways to Love Your Members in the print edition), written by Joseph C. Issacs, CAE, and Vinay Kumar.  I was excited to see what tips they offered to membership organizations.  As I read this I became more and more proud that the BOC already partakes in many of the suggested ways to promote meaningful and memorable relationships with our stakeholders. BOC shows love to our stakeholders by:

Sending Handwritten Thank You Notes.  The BOC shows appreciation with thank you cards signed by all staff members for thoughtful gestures.  Check out the BOC Facebook to see the delicious fruit bouquet sent from BOC volunteer & BOC Board Public Director, Amy DeRosa, in honor of the BOC's 22nd Birthday.

Listening. Staff members take the time to listen to our members. Stakeholders can share their thoughts through blog posts, e-mail, letter, phone, social media and surveys.  Concerns and new ideas are forwarded to BOC committees and the BOC Board of Directors for consideration. Let your voice be heard!

Keeping an Open House. The BOC welcomes all stakeholders to visit our office at 1415 Harney Street in Downtown Omaha.  Our restored building is impressive and eye catching. Within the last year we have hosted numerous events:  board and committee meetings, Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium open house, College World Series Athletic Trainer (AT) invite, BOC AT Regulatory Conference reception, BOC Christmas party. Stop on by, the door is always open!

Asking Questions. The BOC is always trying to get feedback from our stakeholders. Participating in discussions on blogs and social media or completing surveys helps us, help you.

Happy Birthday and Christmas cards. The BOC sends monthly birthday cards signed by all staff members to all BOC volunteers. Christmas cards are sent to BOC volunteers and vendors as well.

Sharing Information on a Stakeholder’s Interest. We keep in contact with our stakeholders through email, mail and social media.

Advancing Stakeholders’ Writing and Speaking Skills. We invite all stakeholders to be guest bloggers for the BOC blog.

Fostering Community. The BOC stays current on the great things our stakeholders accomplish. We recognize and share the news in the Kudos Korner and contribute news to various publications. Last winter, BOC staff also donated their time at a local shelter, putting together Christmas bags for boys and girls. 

Keeping You Informed. The BOC works to be transparent. We strive to share as much information as possible with stakeholders while keeping the public safe.

Making It Right! It isn’t easy blending customer service with regulatory affairs. Rules and regulations provide protection to the public, which includes the mission of the BOC.

Don’t Leave You Hanging! There are bumps in the road of life. BOC staff works to help you through tough times. Providing options for credential status or alternative ways to obtain CEUs are ways we can help.

Saving You Money. The BOC has Approved Providers who offer low or no-cost continuing education opportunities.

Getting Work Done Efficiently.  The BOC uses technology to work efficiently.  Software changes, simplifying process and providing communication are a few of the ways we work for you.

Being Honest.  It’s not easy to give bad news, but regulatory agencies are meant to protect the public. Honesty and transparency are two ways the BOC helps stakeholders know what the future may hold.

Keeping Our Promises. Do what you say, say what you do is my motto.

Celebrating Successes. BOC staff shares congratulatory salutations with stakeholders. Baby announcements, degrees, promotions, awards and other acknowledgements are recognized and celebrated.

Serving as a Sounding Board. The BOC often asks for your ideas and feedback. Your comments are given to the BOC Board of Directors.  Recall the survey about BOC CE Requirements you received last fall - we’re listening!

Personalizing Our Communications. BOC staff takes time to return communication quickly. Personal emails and letters are sent to stakeholders.  In our eyes, you are a name, not a number.

Offering How-To Guidance. Transparency is a value the BOC Board of Directors and office staff share. Offering options for tough situations, how to enter CE activities etc., is what we are here for.

Offering Links to Other Resources. Check out the BOC website. You will find information on a variety of topics from the BOC exam, CE, Regulatory Affairs, History, Volunteer Opportunities etc.

Going the Extra Mile. Whether we send email reminders because ATs are on the move or someone called the BOC office by mistake, we’ll help you get where you are going.

Acknowledging Achievements. Recognizing hard work and celebrating successes is what we’re good at. The Dan Libera Service Award, Public Advocacy Award, and Paul Grace Leadership Award recipients were just announced this summer. Find out who is doing what for our profession.

As you can see, the BOC loves our stakeholders.  We strive to create and maintain the best relationship with each and every stakeholder. 

Written by: Jessica O'Neel, MS Ed, ATC